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Sleuths Read Old Booby-Trapped Letters Without Opening Them

People once folded their correspondence in intricate ways, known as “letterlocking,” to keep out snoops. A fancy...

How Elon Musk Convinced Gwynne Shotwell to Join SpaceX

Ultimately, their management styles were similar: Don’t talk about doing things, just do things.  This...

Black hole visionaries push the boundaries of knowledge in a new film

Black holes sit on the cusp of the unknowable. Anything that crosses a black hole’s threshold is...

Can Technology Open Spaceflight to Disabled Astronauts?

The European Space Agency wants to make sure its new astronaut class is more diverse. But it...

Predatory octopuses were drilling into clamshells at least 75 million years ago

Tiny holes in three fossil clams reveal that by 75 million years ago, ancient octopuses were deviously...

A music therapist seeks to tap into long-lost memories

The upbeat song “Sweet Caroline” often prompts listeners to sing and dance. But when music therapist Alaine...

The Raging Evolutionary War Between Humans and Covid-19

Fighting the pandemic isn’t only about vaccines and drugs. It’s about understanding how viruses mutate and change...

A Decades-Long Quest Reveals New Details of Antimatter

Twenty years ago, physicists began investigating a mysterious asymmetry inside the proton. Their results show how antimatter...

Border Disputes Threaten Climate Science in the Himalayas

Cross-border teams of scientists need to collaborate on climate models, even as their countries’ militaries clash. ...

A Shot Nears Approval, Experts Study Transmission, and More

Catch up on the most important updates from this week. Johnson & Johnson’s shot nears...

Global inequity in COVID-19 vaccination is more than a moral problem

Months before the first COVID-19 vaccine was even approved, wealthy nations scrambled to secure hundreds of millions...

This Is What It's Like to Live Without Smell

Losing any sense can be devastating, even if you never appreciated it before it was gone. ...
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